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  • October 9, 2007

No More Need to Brand the Helpset Titlebar

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
A relatively frequent question when creating a helpset for an application on the NetBeans Platform is: "I am not creating an IDE. However, in the helpset's titlebar, I see the text 'IDE Help'. Aaaargh!" Okay, that's not really a question. However, that's normally the way in which this question is "asked". And then the answer is: "You need to brand the titlebar, as follows." And then a tricky little procedure is provided, involving an obscure XML file in an unlikely place in the NetBeans sources. To give an impression, here's the titlebar in question:

And here are some places, just in this blog (while there are other places elsewhere where this annoyance is discussed), where the problems caused by the above titlebar are discussed (and solutions are given, in the first case below):

The NetBeans docs team recently discussed this situation. We came to the conclusion that the "value add" of this titlebar for the NetBeans user is not that great. Not having the "IDE" text in the titlebar would not be a big loss. But, since not having it would be a gain, at the very least one potential annoyance less, for NetBeans Platform developers, we decided to remove it. Hence, the titlebar of the helpset is now, since the last few days in 6.0 dev builds, as follows:

Small change, but a useful one, I think. You might still want to add text, or change text, in the helpset's titlebar. But now the chance that you will have to do so is significantly decreased.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Emilian Bold Tuesday, October 9, 2007

    Funny how by removing 3 letters you've just reduced 1% of the emails to dev@openide and also a number of random blog posts :-) Not to mention developer's time looking for this, etc.

  • Geertjan Tuesday, October 9, 2007

    :-) Sometimes a small fix has many small implications which together create a big result.

  • Sandip Saturday, October 20, 2007

    I think a similar issue is there with the IDE log menu item in a NetBeans RCP menu (I don't recall which - probably View). It should be Log. I guess it could be handled through s layer file shadow.

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